—After revealing in April that celeb chef Richard Sandoval (Latinicity) will oversee the two restaurants and rooftop bar coming to the new Conrad Chicago Hotel off the Mag Mile, two of the restaurants now have an exec chef. The Tribune reports that James Lintelmann, a chef with extensive experience in Chicago (Boka, The Lobby, Charlie Trotter's), will helm Baptiste & Bottle and the rooftop bar Noyanne. The hotel is slated to open later this summer.
—Not only is chef Jason Vincent's highly-anticipated Giant opening soon on the same Logan Square block as Scofflaw and Sink|Swim, but a coffee shop is also coming to that burgeoning Armitage Avenue strip. Damn Fine Coffee Bar, a small independent spot that will serve Halfwit coffee and more in what ownership terms a "coffee desert," is coming soon to 3317 W. Armitage. The shop has four days left in a Kickstarter that's already raised more than $10K.
—In the wake of last weekend's horrific shooting in Orlando, Wicker Park beer bar and sausage emporium Links Taproom is doing a very good deed next weekend—donating 100 percent of sales on Chicago Gay Pride day (June 26) to the Chicago House and Social Service Agency and GLBT Community Center of Central Florida.
—Four Corners Tavern Group, which operates 11 very successful barstaurants in Chicago including the recently-opened Federales, was hit with a class-action lawsuit over its rewards program, the Trib reports. A former customer alleges that the group changed its program and left "hundreds of thousands" of customers with no way to redeem credits.
—Chicago could find out as soon as Monday if the venerable Double Door music club and bar will be evicted in Wicker Park, DNAinfo reports, as the judge in the case declared the trial portion of the case over and could issue a ruling after the weekend.
—Also in Wicker Park, the long-in-the-works hotel in the Northwest Tower at Milwaukee and North avenues named one if its bars The Hollander, according to a liquor license application. The hotel itself is named The Robey.